January 15, 2019 / 7:57 PM / a year ago

Pursue trade or leave with no deal, say UK Conservative pro-Brexit MPs

FILE PHOTO: Conservative MP Steve Baker attends a meeting of the pro-Brexit European Research Group in London, Britain, November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - A group of Conservative pro-Brexit MPs said on Tuesday it would propose an alternative Brexit strategy after British Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal was rejected, instead suggesting the pursuit of a trade deal or to leave on WTO terms.

Steve Baker, a leading pro-Brexit Conservative, said: “The Commons rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration is a great opportunity to aim for a better deal that respects the referendum result and is focussed on the UK’s trading priorities.”

“We will offer the EU a better deal and we will be ready to trade on WTO terms with the EU if they decline.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, Editing by Kylie MacLellan

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